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HOSTA 'Fair Maiden'

Image of Hosta 'Fair Maiden'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Fair Maiden'

Plant Common Name

Fair Maiden Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their leaves, mounding habit, toughness and tolerance of shade. Some, such ‘Fair Maiden,’ are also dramatic. It is a small to medium sized hosta that forms neat clumps of heart-shaped, smooth leaves with a dark-green center and broad, irregular margins that change from light green to white as the leaves mature. The results is a striking contrast resembling a group of Christmas trees with a background of snow. Pale lavender, tubular flowers appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in midsummer.

Like most hostas, ‘Fair Maiden’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. It prefers average water and even moisture. In hot, dry conditions the margins of the leaves may wither.Use ‘Fair Maiden’ for dramatic contrasts of repeating light and dark in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as an herbaceous groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes